Monty Python star Eric Idle has revealed he survived “one of the deadliest” cancers after receiving a rare early diagnosis.
The 79-year-old comedian and writer, who helped found the Monty Python comedy troupe in 1969, made the revelation in a recent comment.
“About three years ago I was incredibly lucky: I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer,” Idle wrote for time Magazine.
“Lucky? One of the deadliest forms of cancer, how on earth was happiness? Well, because it was found incredibly early.”
He jokingly added, “No, not before lunch, but before it’s gone anywhere.”
Idle recalled asking his friend, Doctor David Kipper, “what’s the quickest way to die” while he was doing research for a play about a writer writing a musical about death, when he discovered he was about to die will die.
In 2019, the same friend who specializes in preventative medicine helped diagnose Idle with pancreatic cancer.
After undergoing surgery at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, Kipper told him, “Well, you’re in very good shape. The cancer has not come back. You should have about 10 years.”
The news comes after Idle’s elimination on Monday night (September 21) at the Season 8 premiere of the US version of The Masked Singer.
Speak with Weekly entertainment After being exposed on the celebrity singing series, he addressed his motivation for appearing on the show.
He said: “I thought, well, see if you can still do it, if you can still sing and dance.
“If you can actually go in front of a big audience and do something stupid in costume. And that was the motivation for me to do it.”
Alongside Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Sir Michael Palin, Idle helped establish comedy troupe Monty Python as one of Britain’s most iconic.
Chapman died of tonsil cancer in 1989 at the age of 48, while Jones died of a rare form of dementia in 2020 at the age of 77.
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